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Poster: Jauma Date: Apr 25, 2005 11:50pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

I tried your test and I had an exact clone every time. Here is the test:

1. Made a MD5 of the WAV file
2. Using iTunes for Mac, I added WAV file to library.
3. I converted WAV to ALE (Apple Lossless)
3. Using iTunes converted it back to WAV
4. Made a MD5 of the NEW WAV file
5. Checked the two MD5's and they matched

However, If you convert the ALE files (on the Fly) while making a CD and then extract the files from the CD, the MD5's are very different!

Suggestions:

Storing files in ALE is exceptable but take the time to convert them to WAV files before burning to CD. It would be best to convert to WAV then straight to FLAC or SHN.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgreenone Date: Apr 26, 2005 5:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

However, If you convert the ALE files (on the Fly) while making a CD and then extract the files from the CD, the MD5's are very different!

This isn't because of the ALE on-the-fly conversion, it's because of the CD extraction. CD ripping is about an inexact science as you can get...once you've burned as audio, you can pretty much forget about getting that exact WAV/AIFF back from the CD.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBrad Leblanc Date: Apr 26, 2005 12:45am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

Why would you want to use ALE instead of FLAC?

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Poster: rancemo Date: Apr 26, 2005 4:04am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

You can listen to ALE in iTunes and on an iPod (I think) without converting, but FLAC or SHN is not supported.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJ.B. Nicholson-Owens Date: Apr 26, 2005 7:49am
Forum: etree Subject: Try this to play FLAC files on MacOS X

Check out http://damien.drix.free.fr/qtflac/ -- it's a free software QuickTime component to play FLAC files.

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Poster: Cabbage Date: May 2, 2005 12:13pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Try this to play FLAC files on MacOS X

I use this instead of iTunes.

PureMusic Audio Player 1.1
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15963

Mac OS X-native application for playing most popular lossless audio formats: FLAC, SHN, APE and the popular lossy standards as well.

I wish I could get an iPod but it would be useless since it won't play SHN or FLAC.

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Poster: Michiel Sikma Date: Jul 1, 2006 2:40pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Try this to play FLAC files on MacOS X

That link is down. Does anybody still have the download? I can't seem to find a mirror.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBrad Leblanc Date: Apr 26, 2005 8:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

In that case I would find something other than iTunes. :) Call me crazy, but 20,000+ recordings here in FLAC/SHN format, no way am I ever going to decode/re-encode them to some other lossless format to cater to proprietary playback software!

For an iPod I can understand though.

This post was modified by Brad Leblanc on 2005-04-26 15:03:56

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Poster: xtifr Date: Apr 26, 2005 11:11pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

There are actually so many portables on the market now that support flac and/or ogg that I would actually make a point of avoiding any that didn't, specifically because of all the music available at the Archive.

I realize this advice doesn't help if you already have an iPod, but if you don't, and if the Archive provides a reasonable percentage of the music you listen to, as it does for me, then I think that looking for something that's reasonably compatible with the Archive only makes sense.

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Poster: procon4 Date: Jan 11, 2006 4:22am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

I'm looking to get an IPod but am hesitant because of the FLAC/SHN issues. What are some of the portables that support FLAC?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgreenone Date: Jan 11, 2006 6:21am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Is Apple Lossless Generation Exceptable?

There aren't many, but the list is sure to grow:

http://flac.sourceforge.net/links.html

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